October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. SIDS remains a leading cause of death in healthy infants but with the Public Health Agency of Canada promotion, education and awareness, the rate of SIDS has declined in Canada. Follow these important steps to ensure your baby's sleep is a safe one.
Always place baby on back for naps and at night.
No smoking around baby.
Baby sleeps alone in crib.
Crib empty of toys and loose bedding.
Crib next to adult’s bed for first 6 months.
Firm crib mattress, tight-fitting sheet.
Crib meets Canadian safety regulations.
Baby's face uncovered.
Baby in light clothing, not too hot.
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Cup feeding is one of the best way to give an infant expressed breast milk if direct breastfeeding is not possible. Together with Seattle Children's Hospital, PATH and the University of Washington, Laedral Global Health are soon launching the Nifty Cup. The cup is low cost and is designed in such a way that it encourages infant suckling and control of milk flow. It can also be sterilised by boiling it directly. It is currently being tested in Ethiopia with the promise to provide it at non-profit costs to 75 countries where the infants mortality rate is highest. Check out the video of mothers using it.
UNICEF are urging mothers to breastfeed in the first hour. Research suggests that it is not being done and hence there is a delay in getting those protective properties of breast milk into baby. The best way to initiating early feeding is by keeping baby skin-to-skin after delivery for at least an hour. Your baby will be able to smell the colostrum that your body will be producing after the rush of the prolactin hormone. They will start rooting and looking for the breast. Watch this UNICEF video on breast crawling!